Ahipa (Pachyrhizus ahipa)

Pachyrhizus is a small genus of five or six species of tropical and subtropical plants growing from large, often edible taproots.

The ahipa or ajipa or Andean yam bean (Pachyrhizus ahipa) is very similar to the jicama and goitenyo in characteristics and uses. Unlike the jícama, it is not a vine and it grows up 2000 meters in the highest Bolivian mountains. The root is smaller and more elongated. It is little known outside of the Andes, where it is mostly grown for personal or local consumption. In the nineteenth century, British scientists introduced ahipa to the West Indies, where it is also enjoyed by the residents of those islands (Vietmeyer 1992).

 

 

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